Notes for a Requiem

Based on the life and work of Carlo Gesualdo

Orig. Notatar for eit rekviem

Music by Carlo Gesualdo

Written and Directed by Terje J Tveit

Produced by Larvik Barokk Festival and Early Voices

Co-produced by Ibsen Stage Company

Produced with the generous support of


Oslo, Norway

28 Sepetmber, 2023

Bryn Kirke

Bærum, Norway

29 Sepetmber, 2023

Langestrand Kirke

Larvik, Norway

30 September, 2023


Peder Christen Lærum KaalstadNarrator / Gesualdo
Maria Dale JohannessenEarly Voices
Peder Arnt KløvrudEarly Voices
Mari Johanne MüllerEarly Voices
Øystein StensheimEarly Voices
Kristine VågeEarly Voices
Portrait photograph of Peder Christen Lærum Kaalstad

Notes for a Requiem, 2023

Peder Christen Lærum Kaalstad

Life and Work by Gesualdo

Don Carlo Gesualdo (1566 – 1613), Prince of Venosa and Count of Conzas, was one of the most fascinating composers of his time. Gesualdo's music was radical and still sounds intense and almost hauntingly beautiful.

His life was tragic, dramatic and marked by the murders he committed of his much older and adulterous wife and her lover. The murders, which took place over 400 years ago, are described in detail in witness statements and tell of a particularly cruel vindictiveness. Gesualdo was part of the nobility and therefore had immunity and eventually suffered greatly from depression after he remarried.